Football League Cup Tips: 8th August

EFL Cup TipsTuesday night sees a big evening for teams in the Football League as they contest the first round of the League Cup.

The big boys from the Premier League don’t enter the tournament until the second round, which means that this could be an opportunity for teams to secure a win and then pick up a big payday against one of the big boys.

However, one word of caution when tipping on this tournament, it has become common for teams to rest players in this tournament, even teams lower down the league pyramid than the Premier League, so it is worth keeping a close eye on team selections in the hour before the games and perhaps save placing your bet until you know this information.

Football Tips: 8th August

August 8, 2017
AFC Wimbledon
VS
Brentford
Kingsmeadow
7:45 pm
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AFC Wimbledon
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Brentford
August 8, 2017
Kingsmeadow
7:45 pm
Key Stats
  • These teams have met just once before back in September 2013, when Brentford won 5-3 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
  • AFC Wimbledon finished 15th in the League One Table earning 57 points from their 46 games last season.
  • Brentford finished 10th in the Championship last season taking 64 points from their 46 games.
  • Brentford will be hoping that proposed moves for Jota (by West Ham) and Ryan Woods (by Sunderland) fail to materialise ahead of the cup clash.
Analysis:

Two of the smaller sides in London clash in what will be only their second encounter in their history, although AFC Wimbledon’s relatively short history explains why Brentford have faced them just the once.

AFC’s rise through the leagues has been one of the fairytale stories of the decade but similarly, Brentford’s rise from the football basement into a very talented Championship level side, with aspirations to push on towards the playoffs, is equally inspiring, especially when you consider the average crowd each team gets.

I expect a fiery London derby here but I do think that Brentford have much the better quality in their squad and if they pick a full strength side, I can see them coming out on top here.

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August 8, 2017
Exeter
VS
Charlton Athletic
St James Park
7:45 pm
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Charlton Athletic
August 8, 2017
St James Park
7:45 pm
Key Stats
  • These two last met in the 11/12 season in League One, Charlton recorded two wins, 2-0 at home and 1-0 at St James Park.
  • There have been 31 games between the teams over the years, Charlton winning 14, Exeter 11 and there have been six draws.
  • The teams have never met in the Football League Cup previously. There have been 2 FA Cup meetings, one won by Exeter after a replay and the other by Charlton in Jan 2003.
  • Exeter have lost talented duo Ethan Ampadu (to Chelsea) and Ollie Watkins (to Brentford) this pre-season but did sign Dean Moxey from Bolton on a free.
Analysis:

I think both these teams are similar in that they have invested wisely in youth football and are now starting to reap the rewards of this. Exeter sold one of their youngsters to Chelsea this summer (Ethan Ampadu), while Charlton’s Ademola Lookman went to Everton last year for a huge fee.

As such, I do see similarities between the two teams, but I think in terms of general ability when you consider their entire first team and squad in general, Charlton are still that bit ahead of Exeter at the moment.

As such, I do fancy that Charlton will get the result here despite Exeter showing up strongly in cup competitions last season. That said, I do fancy the home team to grab a goal, so I think that may well be the most prudent bet to make for this FLC fixture.

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August 8, 2017
Luton Town
VS
Ipswich Town
Kenilworth Road
7:45 pm
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Ipswich Town
August 8, 2017
Kenilworth Road
7:45 pm
Key Stats
  • These teams last met back in March 2007 in the Championship. That season Ipswich did the double winning 5-0 at home and 2-0 away from home.
  • The teams met in the League Cup back in 1998 in a two-legged match up and it was Luton Town who emerged as winners, losing the first game 2-1, but winning the second 4-2.
  • The historical record between the two teams is evenly matches. Both have won 12 matches and there have been five draws between them.
  • Luton have the edge in cup victories winning three times over the years in the FA Cup and League Cup to Ipswich’s single victory.
Analysis:

Two former top division giants have fallen on harder times of late, especially Luton who have even endured periods outside of the League in the past. Luton just missed out on the playoff final last year and they will give Ipswich a stern test, especially if Mick McCarthy’s men show some of the lackadaisical defending that dogged their season last year.

That said, Ipswich do have some very talented players in their squad and a crop of emerging younger players who may well get a chance to shine in this competition this season. That may be a wise move as their hunger for action could give Ipswich a little added bite in these fixtures.

Again, I can’t see Ipswich keeping a clean sheet here and neither can I see Luton doing likewise. I see this as a game that will have plenty of goals but I am backing Ipswich to come out on top, just about though.

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